Dec 24, 2011 12:00pm PST
. syria's president is blaming terrorists for twin suicide bombings in damascus but opposition groups say it's the work of the regime. 300 people have been killed this week. the u.n. says more than 5,000 people have died since bashir all assad began a crackdown on protesters in march. >>> this is the scene in moscow where tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered. they are protesting what they claim are rigged elections. they also want to end the control of the vladimir putin's ruling party. security is tight and russian media reports bus loads of riot police lining up along administrates. similar protests are taking place across the country. >>> a big political setback for newt gingrich and rick perry. the two republican presidential candidates have failed to qualify for the virginia primary. turns out gingrich and perry did not submit enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot. virginia holds its primary in march as part of super tuesday. >>> mel gibson's divorce is final and he has to pay out the biggest divorce settlement in hollywood history. that according to "people"
Dec 24, 2011 1:00pm PST
'm natalie allen at cnn center in atlanta. syria's president is blaming terrorists for twin suicide bombings in damascus but opposition groups say yesterday's attacks are the work of the regime. one opposition group says almost 300 people have been killed this week. the u.n. says more than 5,000 people have died since president bashir al assad began a crackdown on anti-government protesters back in march. >>> a big political setback for newt gingrich and rick perry. the two republican presidential candidates have failed to qualify for the virginia primary. turns out gingrich and perry did not submit enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot and virginia state law prohibits voters from writing in candidates not on the ballot in primary elections. virginia holds its primary in march as part of super tuesday. >>> it was a chaotic scene during a busy shopping night. one person was killed in a shooting outside a crowded mall in fort myers, florida. police say they found more than 100 shell casings from a high-powered assault rifle at the scene. the mall that was packed with holiday shopp
Dec 24, 2011 7:00pm PST
and judea, represented an important land bridge between syria and egypt. so throughout history, this has been a critical place. >> jerusalem had been the holy city of judaism for more than 1,000 years, a place that the romans had occupied since 63 b.c. at the time the romans killed jesus, around 30 a.d., scholars say, the jews were desperate for a messiah to free them from roman oppression, to liberate them on their promised land. but even then, there was disagreement as to who that messiah might be. >> in the 1st century, there was no messianic checklist. some people would have followed jesus and considered him to be the messiah, god's anointed one. others followed john the baptist. others followed additional figures. >> in the cosmopolitan city of jerusalem, with its massive temple, the holiest site on earth for jews, and its regal priestly caste, would many have even noticed jesus, a wandering rabbi from the galilee? >> it's a good question, whether jews in jerusalem at the time would have even known about this sect of jewish christians, people who believed that jesus was the messiah.